Photos: Jupiter and Venus got crazy close last night and it was beautiful


Two planets that have been on a collision course all month were are their closest point this week.

Tuesday night, Venus and Jupiter cozied up -- so close that they even appeared as one large, super-bright spot.

Across social media and around the world, many captured this rare sight. Some even managed to get the moon in their photos as well.

This rare conjunction is the closest Venus and Jupiter will be until Aug. 27, 2016, according to EarthSky.org.

If you're worried you missed it, you may be in luck. The planet conjunction will appear Wednesday night as well.

To see the two planets, be sure to face west.

If you notice a third bright object aligning with Venus and Jupiter, that’s Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo. By mid-July, Venus, Jupiter and Regulus will appear with the waxing crescent moon for another nighttime spectacle.

"Planetary conjunctions have no effect on Earth or human affairs," notes Sky & Telescope Senior Editor Alan MacRobert in a press release, "except for one: they can lift our attention away from our own little world into the enormous things beyond. That's what amateur astronomers do all the time. A spectacular conjunction like this often gets people started in the hobby. Once you start, there's no end to how far you can go."

Here are some of the best images from around social media of Venus and Jupiter’s nice little planetary get together.